Eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded with “A” Hospital Safety Score ratings by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, giving the hospital system its best scores yet. The eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood, RWUJH Somerset and RWJUH Hamilton.The scores also mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 14th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 42 in the country to earn an A in each report since the Leapfrog Surveys began. The latest Leapfrog scores also mark Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s strongest scores to date. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has jumped from a B to an A rating for the first time.Updated twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused on hospital safety. Its A, B, C, D or F letter grades are an easy way for consumers to choose the safest hospital to seek care and have quickly become the gold standard measure of patient safety. Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Safety Grade assigns letter grades based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Only 855 of the more than 2,600 hospitals analyzed nationwide earned an “A” – the highest rating – in the latest update to Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores.For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the fall 2018 scores, please visit: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.